|Playing with Atlas|
At about 12 weeks pregnant, my husband decided that it might be a nice idea to get a puppy for the baby to grow up with. The older kids had a dog when they were younger and loved her so we knew that they would be excited about the idea as well. Hubby had his heart set on getting an American Staffy so we started looking through online ads and at breeders. The plan was to get one just after the baby was born.
|Being gentle with Brutus|
Five weeks later was when our world came crashing down. We were told that Felix had hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and would be lucky to survive the pregnancy. All our dreams for our baby came crashing down. We couldn't bring ourselves to buy any baby stuff. I would sit in the baby's empty room with the fluffy toy rabbit that my husband had bought early in my pregnancy and cry.
My husband and I were sitting in bed one night, both feeling very emotionally drained and teary. He put his hand on my belly and Felix was kicking away like crazy as he always did. My husband said, "I want to get the puppy now! I want him to have a chance to get to know Felix while you're still pregnant in case he doesn't survive. He's going to be his puppy so he needs a chance to get to know him." I thought that was beautiful. Like most men, my husband isn't the emotional type so when he said that with tears in his eyes, I started crying all over again.
|Good Morning kisses for his best friend, Chaos|
Fast forward to now. Our little miracle is 17 months old and incredibly healthy. He LOVES Chaos and they share a very special bond. Every morning Felix crawls over to Chaos on his bed to wake him up and say Good Morning! Chaos, who can be just as his name describes, is so gentle with Felix and it is beautiful to watch them interact.
|Trying not to scare Envy|
|Peek A Boo with Brutus|
I would encourage anyone with a child with Down Syndrome to get a pet of some kind. I've been amazed at some of the things Felix has already learned from having them and am looking forward to the day when he can learn to feed them and join us when we walk the dogs as well. Just don't be as soft as me; I agreed to having ONE dog and now we have four! Never a dull moment around our house :)